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Accused shooter to face trial for threats

The man accused of threatening the woman accused with him in the 2013 shooting death of Stephen Hackney will face trial. Magisterial District Judge Paula Aigner found there is enough evidence to send felony witness intimidation and related charges against Kashif O. Ellis, 31, on to Blair ...

Stormwater committee secures permits

The municipalities of the 11-member Intergovern­mental Stormwater Com­mittee have received their new Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System permits from the state, which means it’s time to start building projects to fulfill the requirements of those permits, according to Tom Levine, an ...

City man pleads to assaulting child

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man accused of assaulting a 10-month-old child and creating bruises on her body, including a bruise in the shape of a handprint, will spend two to four years in prison. Darren B. Jeter, 47, who has been in the Blair County Prison since his arrest in late July, ...

Business owner faces charges

The owner of a Freedom Township business faces multiple felony charges after police say he took money but never delivered on any services for several customers. Tyler S. Long, 31, of 620 Old Mill Lane, Apt. 102, East Freedom, is accused by Freedom Township police of taking thousands of ...

Tyrone seeks grant

The Tyrone Area School District is applying for a $40,000 state grant that would help build a partnership between the district and area businesses. “Regardless of getting the grant, Superintendent Cathy Harlow and I are working on business partnerships,” Curriculum Director Leslie Estep ...

Court upholds man’s DUI conviction

The conviction of an Altoona man for driving under the influence has been upheld by the Pennsylvania Superior Court, which rejected the defense argument that the prosecution had not presented sufficient evidence to support the charge. George Bevan Blackie Jr., 55, was convicted after a trial ...

City woman injured in home fire

A fire that sent one woman to a Pittsburgh hospital remained under investigation Thursday. About 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, 20-year-old John Haddock was watching television in his living room when he heard what sounded like a smoke alarm. He and his father walked out onto their porch and looked ...

Friars plead guilty, get probation

HOLLIDAYSBURG -- Two Franciscan friars entered no contest pleas on Friday in Blair County court to a first degree misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child. Robert D'Aversa, 70, and Anthony Criscitelli, 63, were scheduled for trial later this month on criminal charges accusing ...

PennDOT workers remembered

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Thursday would have been PennDOT foreman Bob Gensimore’s 46th birthday, but instead his family and about 100 members of the PennDOT community held a memorial ceremony for him. Gensimore of Spruce Creek was the most recent PennDOT worker to be fatally injured while ...

SAMA opens Bedford location

BEDFORD — Tears welled in Chantel Ventura’s eyes Thursday when she entered the Titelman Gallery at The Anderson House, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art’s newest location at 137 E. Pitt St. during a preview celebration Thursday. “It’s a very exciting night,” Ventura, a member of ...

Sunoco hit with $300K fine for Clean Streams violation

A company working to construct a cross-state natural gas pipeline has been fined more than $300,000 for violating state Clean Streams Law, the Penn­sylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced Thursday. Sunoco Pipeline LP was fined $355,622 for allegedly violating regulations ...

City man convicted of assaulting child

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man was convicted Thursday of raping and sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl while he lived with her and her mother in 2016 and 2017. Alex Strange Budd Plowman, 23, cried softly after hearing the verdicts read aloud by Senior Blair County Judge Hiram Carpenter. ...

Youth program to receive grant

For the first time in many years, the “public service” category of the city’s Community Development Block Grant spending plan includes something other than the neighborhood bike patrol. The plan calls for the bike police to receive $210,000, but it also calls for the Mount Zion ...

Man accused of taking truck

A half-gallon of low fat vanilla ice cream was the only casualty when Altoona police say a Luzerne County man stole a dairy truck Thursday morning. According to Altoona police, the driver of the Ritchey’s Dairy truck was making a delivery at the Altoona Area High School on 14th Street early ...

Bedford considers historic properties in disaster plans

BEDFORD — The Bedford County Planning Commission and the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission expect to release disaster mitigation actions for vulnerable historic properties by the end of June. The release will include action steps that historic building owners can take to protect ...

Huntingdon County man loses appeal over testimony

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has dismissed the appeal of a Huntingdon County man who was convicted of aggravated indecent assault of a teenager two years ago. Bradley A. Sunderland Sr., 38, of Porter Township, appealed because the judge allowed testimony from the victim about alleged ...

Honoring fallen troopers

There isn’t a day that goes by that Eric Weaver doesn’t think about his son, Trooper Landon Weaver, who was killed in the line of duty on Dec. 30, 2016. “It doesn’t get any easier. You learn to manage it better,” Weaver said Wednesday about the loss of his son as the Weaver family, ...

Layoffs to begin at Harbison Walker International

SPROUL — A longtime southern Blair County industry will soon close its doors. Harbison Walker International plans to curtail its manufacturing operations at its Sproul plant and a plant in Oak Hill, Ohio, in anticipation of closing both facilities this year. In a late January HWI press ...

Logan plans sewer project

The Logan Township supervisors have approved the construction of 2,050 feet of sewer line in six scattered locations to serve 23 existing homes. The project, which has the potential of opening up seven lots for additional development, will serve areas missed over the years in other sewer ...

Bedford asks judge to toss lawsuit

The legal sparring between a former Bedford County Correctional Facility inmate and Bedford County officials over conditions in the jail continued last week with the filing of a new civil complaint and the county’s response. Jeffrey S. Miller, 54, through Altoona attorney Christopher R. ...